British Museum items go on display at Lichfield Cathedral

A number of items from the British Museum have gone on display at Lichfield Cathedral.

The artefacts have formed a new exhibition – Books and Literacy in the Age of Saint Chad – and include The Brandon Plaque, which gives clues as to how works may have been bound in Anglo-Saxon times.

The Brandon Plaque

The Brandon Plaque

The items have come to Lichfield as part of deal which saw The St Chad Gospels temporarily leave the city to form part of a Celts: Art and Identity exhibition at the British Museum.

Other items loaned to the cathedral include an 8th Century book decoration from Ireland, the Bowleaze Cove Jewel which originally decorated a pointer used to follow the words when reading, a 9th Century ring showing an angel holding a book, the 8th Century Blythburgh Writing Tablet and a 7th or 8th Century stylus.

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield said: “Our partnership with the British Museum is very important to us, and was established during our Holy Writ: Modern Jewish, Christian and Islamic Calligraphy exhibition last year.

“It’s a great honour to display items from the British Museum, and we hope many people will come to see these artefacts while they’re on display here at the cathedral.”

The exhibitions at Lichfield Cathedral and the British Museum will run until January 31 2016.

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